Pickering Brook Primary School 100th birthday celebration draws generations

Mac Beard and his great-granddaughters Angelina and Laura cut the centenary cake. Mac, his children, grandchildren and now his great-grandchildren have attended the school.A visitor looks for past students in a photograph in the history exhibition.        Pictures: Keiron Throssell of Photos by Keiron
Pickering Brook Primary School 100th birthday celebration draws generations
Pickering Brook Primary School 100th birthday celebration draws generations
Mac Beard and his great-granddaughters Angelina and Laura cut the centenary cake. Mac, his children, grandchildren and now his great-grandchildren have attended the school.A visitor looks for past students in a photograph in the history exhibition.        Pictures: Keiron Throssell of Photos by Keiron

GENERATIONS of orchardists were among the crowds who returned to school for a centenary celebration.

Pickering Brook Primary School teacher Julie Holland said old friends and colleagues spent hours catching up and no one was in a hurry to leave.

“I couldn’t give you a figure on the number of people who came from everywhere to help us celebrate our 100th birthday,” Mrs Holland said.

“It was in the many hundreds.”

The event last Saturday began with a moving Welcome to Country by Noongar Elder Marie Taylor followed by a short address from school principal Derrick Ernst.

Mrs Holland said Pickering Brook Heritage Group president and former student Beverley Giumelli gave an inspired keynote presentation.

“The laughter of the children playing and old friends retelling stories of days gone by echoed through the school,” Mrs Holland said.

Earlier in the year, the school invited past students to a generational photo shoot to commemorate the 100th anniversary and collected memorabilia for the exhibition of school history.

Attractions on the day included a centenary community cookbook called The Pickering Cook, entertainment from school choirs and the SIMS band. “It was so worth all the months and hard work preparing and planning,” Mrs Holland said.